Russell Pearce's Fall Argues Arizona Compact's Time Is Now

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Anno Domini, Edwin Long
The Flight into Egypt: Christ as Illegal Immigrant

Former state Senate President Russell Pearce is history. Tomorrow, Jerry Lewis, his victorious challenger in the Legislative District 18 recall race is scheduled to be sworn in as LD 18's new state Senator.

Today, Citizens for a Better Arizona, the group that forced the recall in LD 18 will announce its goals in regards to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, two politicians who have shamelessly exploited the nativist agenda to advance their own political careers.

Unlike Pearce, they are not true believers. Arpaio and Brewer are opportunists, their fingers to the proverbial wind. And even their desiccated digits must feel some inkling that the breeze is beginning to blow in a different direction. This, though their political actions have yet to change in regards to immigration, or anything else, for that matter.

Then, there's the recent poll done by ASU's Morrisson Institute indicating that 78 percent of Arizonans would support a pathway to citizenship for longtime residents whose presence is undocumented. 

All of these factors argue for an immediate and vigorous non-partisan campaign in favor of an Arizona version of the now famous Utah Compact, a statement of principles arguing for humane immigration reform.

I know there are individuals and groups working on such an effort now behind the scenes. Earlier this year, attempts at getting such a compact approved by the Mesa City Council dissipated despite the best efforts of those involved.

But this is a different day, as has been acknowledged, finally, by almost every mainstream media outlet in Arizona. 

Such a movement is not something I as a commentator or as a reporter can instigate, obviously. It must be authentic, one comprised of business leaders, Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Libertarians, clergy, activists and ordinary citizens. 

The original Utah Compact, issued in late 2010, drew support from the Mormon Church and from elected political leaders, from the state's Attorney General to former Governors.

The situation in Arizona is such that our current Governor and Attorney General have placed themselves in the camp of the extremists. And that camp remains a comfortable place for such politicians to remain.

What's necessary is to make it a very uncomfortable place for them to be. An Arizona Compact -- one that draws broad support without sacrificing humanity and common sense -- will make the extremists' position in Arizona increasingly untenable.

I write this now only to spur on those already working on such a proposition, and to encourage them not to so water down any Arizona Compact as to render it meaningless.

The momentum on immigration, for the moment, is with moderation. And we cannot afford to lose that momentum.

Christmas' advent is instructive. Being an agnostic, I cannot regard the nativity as more than a powerful myth, and a hopeful one, a myth we tell ourselves to preach the brotherhood of man.

In part of that myth, the Christ child and his family fled into Egypt to escape Herod and the Massacre of the Innocents. 

At least symbolically, they were illegal immigrants, escaping tyranny, though criminals in the eyes of Herod the Great.

The power of that story as an instructive tool should not be lost, as many of those on both sides of the immigration debate accept the Birth of Christ and the subsequent Flight into Egypt as part of their belief systems. 

That's not to say that an Arizona Compact should be the province of any one faith. 

My only concern is that the momentum of our efforts not be allowed to wither in what should be a time for an even greater push to redeem Arizona from the sins of its near past, and its present.

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Lfp5691
Lfp5691

Randy Parraz Hundreds of citizens have already signed up to either recall Brewer or join our Citizens Posse to hold Sheriff Arpaio accountable. We need to get that number into the thousands. Please share this link with your friends and family http://citizensforabetteraz.or.... Let's build an army for social change here in Arizona. We no longer have to accept mediocrity from our elected leaders.Volunteer – - Citizens for a Better ArizonaCitizens for a Better Arizona citizensforabetteraz.org

Lfp5691
Lfp5691

Randy Parraz Hundreds of citizens have already signed up to either recall Brewer or join our Citizens Posse to hold Sheriff Arpaio accountable. We need to get that number into the thousands. Please share this link with your friends and family http://citizensforabetteraz.or.... Let's build an army for social change here in Arizona. We no longer have to accept mediocrity from our elected leaders.Volunteer – - Citizens for a Better ArizonaCitizens for a Better Arizona citizensforabetteraz.org

Bnbk
Bnbk

Already signed up. People also have to start donating now to build up warchest to take it to AARPiehole,

phatdaddy51
phatdaddy51

maybe we could ship britainicus off to somolia where he could become better aquainted with the quandries of an immigrant. its too late to do anything about his ancestry, who came here as immigrants but maybe his offspring will spread his crap somewhere else. sorry, somolia

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

The comments by Andy Biggs regerding the recall are quite disturbing.

http://sonoranalliance.com/201...

Bnbk
Bnbk

Disturbing indeed. I also read on AZcentral.com that our new senate president Pierce intends to make removal of Coleen Mathis from the redistricting committee his first priority. So much for thinking that he would be any different from his predecessor. The clown show will continue at the state capitol.

Wanumba
Wanumba

The stupid...it hurts!  Sonoran Alliance is made up of some really pig-ignorant folk.

guest
guest

the new liberal "democracy"-  subvert the will of the people with recalls.

Lala
Lala

Well, then the AZ Constitution is subversive, because the right to recall is enshrined in Article 8. 

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Let's see....in order for a recall to be successful, the challenging candidate needs a majority of votes - that majority in LD 18 included Republicans, Democrats and independents who were fed up with Pearce's bullying excesses and machine-style dirty politics. That's not subversion, that's democracy as it should work.

Brewer's recall will get rid of Brewers staff - who are actually the puppeteers who pull GED Jan's strings. Arpaio is nothing more that an over-sized ego dressed up in a cop suit. He is an incompetent administrator and a scheming opportunist who lacks courage. Both need to be excreted from Arizona's body politic. 

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Will it do any good to recall a sheriff who won't be able to recall his recall the day after his recall. Can you recall somebody who can't recall?

I can't recall.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

To the best of my recollection, yes. No. maybe. I don't know. I don't remember.

Hock
Hock

Simple solutions to complex problems always appeal to the voters.  Who has simplier answers then the illegal alien haters?  Nobody, they blame the illegals for everything!

Republicans are still going to hang their hat on the immigration hook, and still espouse Pearce's lunacy...and people are still going to support it. 

It's very sad.

BillRichardsonMesa
BillRichardsonMesa

The Arizona Compact deserves serious consideration from both the left and the right.  It strikes a  balance between the need to secure the border and the moral obligation to avoid trampling on human kind.  Thanks, Steve Lemons.  Although some might scoff at your point of view, I for one do not.  Thinking conservatives recognize sound reasoning no matter the source. In my case, I have found your writing refreshing on the whole, albeit often irreverent. If it takes a bit of irreverence to get someone to listen (or read as the case may be) so be it.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

"Thinking Conservatives"  ... Now there is a title that I could live with.  I certainly would not want to be known as an "Intellectual Conservative."  The word Thinking has a nice actionable ring to it.

Jason
Jason

My pre-birthday present was Pearce being tossed out on his ass.

My actual birthday present is Lewis being sworn in, depsite me travelling 2,200 miles to visit my family for Thanksgiving.

GED Jan should be the next imbecile recalled, then booted. She has destroyed Arizona by signing SB1070, a useless, do-nothing piece of legislation that was thought up while sitting on the toilet, ignoring the voters on medical marijuana and the AIRC.

The feds, particularly Congress, need to get off their lazy asses and fix the immigration system. We need to make it easier for those who wish to immigrate here legally to do so while helping the 11 million or so criminal illegals already here.  

Bnbk
Bnbk

Yes,happy be-lated birthday Jason. Enjoy your holiday & have a safe trip. BTW have you come up with anything as far as the benefit concert for neglected & abused children. I know you were trying to contact some well known bands but another option might be to go with local up & coming bands. I happen to know a few & could talk to them to see if they might be interested in doing something like this.This way it could help them get their name out there while benefiting the kids at the same time. Just a thought. Anyway enjoy your holiday.

Eleanor
Eleanor

Happy Birthday, Jason.  Have a great trip and Happy Thanksgiving. 

Ross
Ross

Nice try, but the analogy fails because both Egypt and Palestine were part of the Roman Empire when all of these events are supposed to have occurred.  It's like saying that Californians who move to Arizona are illegal immigrants.  Not that it would be a bad idea.

Guest
Guest

Analogy holds. If you stick to the Gospels, Herod had control of Palestine and would have killed Hay-sus had he not fled. 

Roman Empire? That's like saying NATO had control of Europe. Genocide in former Yugoslavia still happened.Your kind loves genocide, tho. You'd kill all the Messcans if you cld get away with it. Ur a sick fascist breed. And ur time is over. Go back to the 19th century where u belong.

Ross
Ross

I get a lot of that from Muslim extremists, and others who march in lockstep with those who can do no wrong.    But I bet I have been voting for Democrats longer than you have.

Guest
Guest

Ross, I swear you must live in the land of nonsequitur, 'cause you make absolutely no sense atall...

Ross
Ross

Ever notice how your favorite journalists tend to be white guys? 

Guest
Guest

Muslim extremists argue on behalf of the Gospels? Or that Messcan haters like Ross hate Messcans? These Muslim extremists sure do get around. You play with them much, Ross?

Royalphoenix2
Royalphoenix2

GED Jans failure to comply with the will of the people (medical marijuana) at the polls is grounds enough for recall. I will never forget her attempt to influence the vote with her "capitalism" remark two days prior to the election. As far as federal law is concerned....well Obamas ship is sunk with Fast and Furious. If Nixon resigned for lying and covering up a third rate burglary attempt, then Obama needs to go...his hands are covered in the blood of a law enforcement agent. peace

Phil
Phil

Ummm did not BUSH start fast and furious? Again the GOP has left scars on this nation that carry into the new administraition. How come when the GOP was doing it nothing was ever said but now that the Dems are in charge there are a lot of loose lips?

Dave Francis
Dave Francis

THE ONLY WAY OUT OFTHE BILLIONS SUBSIDIZING ILLEGAL ALIENS? E-VERIFY! THE LEGAL WORKFORCE ACT.

 

Has everyone seen or heard about the typical American worker, lining up forjobs that are now open after the raids from ICE,  leaving  wide gapsin  staff needs  throughout the country. It is obvious to the mostprudent of people that if illegal migrants and immigrants fearful of ICEarresting them are fleeing custody. Then business owners really have no choicebut to advertise in the local press, or just hang out a hiring sign forlegitimate labor? Finally Homeland Security, with the ICE division is sweepingdown on criminal companies, who think they exempt from Immigration enforcement.The manifest lightening ICE raids began with the Postville, meatpacking plantin Iowa, when 390 undocumented immigrants were arrested and taken intodetention. Soon after the lines grew in volume as Americans turned up for a jobopportunity, These are not isolated incidents as other companies have beencaught red handed, by the sudden appearance of ICE agents and creating moreemployment.

This can be accelerated by the ‘The Legal Workforce Act- widely known asE-Verify. It is very distressing that citizens and legal residents must fetch thisto the attention of politicians, of a great many who appear to be uninterestedto the plight of American workers--that the US government have ignored thisillegal alien problem for decades, seemingly denying even the real populationsize or the massive costs to Americans taxpayers. It's proven that they justdon't care, or that the interests of Washington lobbyists and the enormity ofmoney flushed into their campaigns by corporations is more important to themthan their constituents. Those who enter America illegally are come here forjobs, but are well acquainted in the public entitlement aid structure and arebetter adapted to use forged ID to get their share of taxpayer dollars--over ahundred billion of those dollars?  This astronomical entitlement programsgoing to migrants and overstay immigrants is going to continue, unlesspoliticians pull-the-plug by enacting the E-Verify law?

 

A Republican Representative In Decatur,  Micky Hammon stated, "The truth is moreAlabamians are working today thanks in part to our decision to crack down on illegalimmigration." It is his name on the immigration bill that became law, the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act.Birmingham-area unemployment fell by nearly a full percentage point from8.9% in September to 8% in October. Illegal alien families are leaving, so whatother proof do the Congress need to show that immigration works if imposed?

The 'Legal workforce Act' like the tough policing laws in Alabama especially; alsoadopted in a similar fashion in Georgia, Arizona, Indiana and South Carolina,are producing surprising results of foreign nationals moving away to lessinhibited states. Sanctuary States like California, Nevada, run by majorityleaning Liberals will soon apprehensively find welfare costs will sky rocket. Isit no conjecture that the Democrats, Liberals and the elitist wealthy Republicansare getting uptight, throwing any piece of ambiguous information—whether theracial card or slurs in their newspaper columns of leftist media. In just thelast few days was the fact that a German executive from Mercedes Benz Corporationwas arrested in Alabama, evidently displays that the new policing laws areworking.

 

I would expect nothing else in immigration enforcement to uphold ourlaws. The same if the local police pulled me over for a traffic offense, andthen I would be ready to display my driving license and insurance card. Bothmajor parties are adamant in 'business as usual' so nothing changes for thecareer policy makers; that are why our country is slipping even deeper in to arecession. These privileged leaders only enforce laws, except where they are ofan advantage to their interests. Of late it's 'Insider Trading' that Rep. NancyPelosi (D-CA) majority Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and others hope this blemish will   fades away intheir Congressional record? Look at the seemingly cover-up in the Obamaadministration with the massive government guarantee for the ‘Solyndra's’solar panel corporation that will cost taxpayers $500.million dollars bailed out once againby taxpayers.

The American people’s own advantage comes in future elections, when we have theopportunity to rid Washington of these rascals. Not only can we vote for moreTEA PARTY selected leaders whose main agenda is to repack the US governmentDepartments and return them to the control of the 50 states. Then additionallycompletely trash the Tax Code, which has been profoundly corrupted giving massivetax liberation of subsidies to thousands of corporations, business and wellplaced friends of legislators, while the rest of us have to pay thetax-man. 

 

Nobody says we shouldn’t attract the highest skilled works,specifically in the Sciences, engineering and other technology. But within ourcountry the most urgent need is for utterly zero-tolerance enforcement for allillegal aliens no options; that’s what the TEA PARTY believes?

 

Rep. Smith’s THELEGAL WORKFORCE ACT’ (H.R.2885.) The‘Ways and Means Committee led by Majority Speak John Boehner (R-OH) mustadopt the Mandatory E-Verify Bill (H.R. 2885.) This would be a greatstart to cutting down on illegal foreign workers, in every occupation. Call this number at theWashington Switchboard 202-224-3121.Consider that Pro-sovereignty sites as NumbersUSA and hundreds of organizationssuch as American Patrol, Federation of American Immigration Reform, CAPS,Heritage Foundation and others have the answers on costs, surveys and analysis.

Phil
Phil

Your # of $500 billion is scewed as the work force contributes over 1 trillion in agricultural revenue that is currently rotting on the vine shutting down yet another American farm. You can either have quality food products grown here under regulation or shut down the industry and have Mexicans grow, unregulated and pick in Mexico and then charge a hefty tax on export. You pick...

Restitutiontouscitizensfirst
Restitutiontouscitizensfirst

"The American people’s own advantage comes in future elections, when we have theopportunity to rid Washington of these rascals."

That's a lie.  Look at the options being floated.  It's just R-listers and D-listers playing good cop bad cop and dutiful media interjections of sensationalism disrupting your effort to be well-informed voter - it's slight of hand!  It's a shameful circus!  The whole world watches and jokes at US election process.

Keith
Keith

Have you ever had a single original thought in your entire pathetic little life?

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Grape Kool-aid must taste mighty good this time of day. I haven't heard anything about American workers rushing into agriculture jobs, climbing up on roofs or mobbing hotel HR staff to apply for jobs as maids and laundry attendants. This person is living in fantasy land .As for the tea baggers, it appears that those who they elected to office are nothing more than a bunch of empty suits who also find the lure of greased palms to be irresistible.

Stacy
Stacy

Everyone should flag his ass .. this shit shouldn't be allowed

Restitutiontouscitizensfirst
Restitutiontouscitizensfirst

Wow.  Why don't you all get a room?  A twit your face page.  What is the point if you all agree?  You want to flag someone for having different opinion?  GET A ROOM of your own.

Guest
Guest

What, and miss all the fun of fucking with racistasses like him an' Ross? No way!

Guest
Guest

Cut ans paste Britannicus is back. Time to cut and paste his ass out of the conversation. Take away his mouse, and he's so fucking dumb, he has nothing to say.

Coachjbar
Coachjbar

No rest for the wicked and no rest for the weary.  An article is well timed and on point.  I would hope that the momentum created by Pearce's removal and the commitment by sane Arizonan's to continue the fight, will be enough to maintain the pressure on the irrational.  At times  I read articles written locally, that give me realization that, for some efforts, it is too late.  The Gold Water Institute's constant pressure on the legislature to wipe out public education has worked.  Mesa will now tear down the buildings that once educated our children, to be replaced with strip mall schools and Charters that buy houses for their staff with tax payer money. 

I see Public servant Unions acting as corporate sluts while their councilman vote in raises for public servants on the backs of the unemployed in the form of a "food tax".  I see Brewer and the irrational right refusing to extend the unemployment benefits for the long term unemployed.  Just a change in language , mind you,  and the feds would have funded it.  I continue to see the advancement of the "public-private partnerships" that turn private enterprise into state regulators, with the top tiered managers being placed on the Public Safety Retirement System.  I continually see our tax dollars being used to line the pockets of private corporations with no regard to ethics or morality.  We are marching headlong into "Arizona, LLC", a place where the worker bee is the property of the state, and the employer profits off that relationship. 

But this is the "Utah Compact" and a statement on immigration.  This is where a voice of an opposite polarity can make a statement to the Feds and actually get something done after 35 years of exploitation of both the American and the Undocumented workers.  A statement that says we will no longer tolerate being exploited above and below the border, for corporate profits or Political posturing.  Today you're in, tomorrow, you're out..Good luck to the Parraz Army and let them be an example to what the other sectors should be.

Bnbk
Bnbk

I can't wait for these recalls to get started.These recalls are already receiving national press,just moments ago on MSNBC'.s Tamron Hall show they announced that they will have a segment on these recalls. Let's get the ball rolling people.

Bnbk
Bnbk

People,log onto the CBA website & sign up to collect signatures for the Brewer Recall ! CBA is looking for 5000 people to collect 100 signatures each. This recall is very doable.I have already signed up. I think a good move for this effort would be to contact Mimi Pryor,the chairperson of the last recall movement. If CBA forms an alliance with the leaders of the last effort,this recall effort will have a better chance of acomplishing it's goals. Either way I'm supporting this recall effort. Join in everyone !

Steve Muratore
Steve Muratore

Brewer doesn't act the part like Pearce did regarding immigration. But she IS a true believer in partisanship and has NOT gotten the message to stay out of the redistricting commission's business.

Guest
Guest

Agreed. But Lemons is talking about immigration, here, not redistricting.

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